Reviews & Comments

Pro Tools 9

One of the Good Ones ~ A Wet Read 20 July 2011

By Bob Feeser – Published on

There are many books out on Pro Tools 9 and due to the complexity of the DAW software there are many approaches to using it. So my recommendation is to get as many different good books on the subject as possible. Only by looking at it through several different engineers eyes will you get a comprehensive education of the potential of this incredible application. I started out with Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware, Version 9.0 which although it is beneficial to a beginner and is “the” AVID training course step 1, I found it to be a dry read, notwithstanding a great resource of information; so I am not damning the book.

PT9 by Mike Collins is one of my favorites. Why? Because he is more than an experienced studio engineer, he is also an accomplished musician. Although it is a technical manual on how to use the app his from the ground up experience foretells of an approach that is logical, and fundamental to building the landscape of finished recording project. Everything is logical and well thought out.

As the author states this book is not designed to be an entry level text. He does however provide lengthy explanations of what some experienced professionals may consider basic, and advises them to feel free to skip ahead in those sections. So paired with some familiarity with PT9, or 8, or transitioning from other apps such as Logic this book will get you up to speed with PT9 quickly.

Overall I found it an enjoyable read. I especially like it when he explains that, “If you are really determined to be the fastest Pro Tools operator around, you will have to eat, sleep, and breathe Pro Tools until you have learned as many of the keyboard commands as you can remember, and get as much varied experience of recording as possible.” So this book is by no means a dry read, but rather just the right mix of explaining the functions and how to do each process along the way, and a writing style that makes it an enjoyable and “wet” read. Highly recommended.

A Must-Have reference for Pro Tools 9 21 July 2011

By bertrarious – Published on

1) Coverage of virtually all segments of this complex, sophisticated program? – √

2) Changes and new features actually integral to the book and not an add-in or afterthought? – √

3) Well-written and detailed without being dry? – √

4) Author that knows something about the actual business music business as oposed to a software wonk? – √

5) Must-buy book for learning and understanding Pro Tools 9 and useful as an ongoing reference? – √

Well… It looks like this book lives up to my expectations. This is the first time in quite a while that I’ve been able to say that about a computer or music-based instruction book. Buy it; you’ll like it.

I am a beginner…, September 19, 2011

By Mandy “mandy” (San Rafael, CA, United States) - Published on

Although this book isn’t written in crayon for a novice like me, it is very instructional and VERY helpful. If you pay attention and follow along, this book ensures that you will “get it”. This is a project I am doing with my teenage son and Pro Tools makes us sound like we know what we are doing. With this book, that hasn’t been far from the truth.

Wonderfully instructional… 16 Sep 2011

By Readers With Attitude Bookclub – Published on

With the growing boom of home made producers, do it yourself musicians who may not be able to have the means to go to traditional school for musical engineering and production will be in for a great treat with this instructional guide. Pro Tools is the top of the line production software that will give you that studio effect however, if you are like many who are self learning, this manual will allow you to step up your game. Information is power and this book provides everything you need to know about producing music that will sound as professional as any song produced in a traditional studio. In fact, whether you have a home studio or a traditional studio, this guide will promise to teach you something that will be most helpful in expanding your talents. This is a must have for any Pro Tools user.

Pro Tools 8

Kirk Whalum

“I am 38 years into learning how to play the saxophone and frankly don’t have time to sit through long-winded, badly written, unimaginative manuals. Once again, Mike Collins writes about using Pro Tools in easy-to-understand, dynamic and creative language aimed at those of us who have lots of other things on our plates.  Mike brings this process to life in a way that, more than once, has made me put my horn down and try something out on Pro Tools that I hadn’t tried before! Bravo Mike.”

US Saxophone ‘star’ Kirk Whalum has recorded and performed with Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau, Barbara Streisand and on several movie soundtracks including Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard”.

Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick

“Recording to tape is no longer practical for most producers and musicians, many of whom still don’t understand the language of digital recording. This book, written by a musician, uses language that music professionals will understand. It will really help people like me to get up to speed with Pro Tools 8 so we will be much better prepared to achieve our goals in the studio.

One of the biggest problems with recordings made this century is that they don’t sound as good as those from the previous 50 years because they are totally lacking in dynamics: the music has stopped ‘breathing’. The mixing chapter in this book will help you to understand how to retain that vital essence of dynamics in your music, so that tomorrow’s recordings can ‘breathe’ again.”

Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick is the producer and leader of Jazz/Funk/Soul band Incognito who has also produced albums for George Benson, Maysa, Terry Callier and others.

John Leckie

“Anyone starting out with Pro Tools or who wants to expand their knowledge of the software will find this book very beneficial. The mixing chapter is most impressive. It covers every aspect from setting up your monitoring to lining up outboard gear, to when you grab the faders and look at the meters – and what those meters mean! All the new features of PT8 for music production are covered in detail. The book also includes lots of timesaving shortcuts that will help on busy sessions.”

John Leckie, one of the UK’s most successful record producers, has worked with bands and artists as diverse as Radiohead, Simple Minds, Baaba Maal and Dr. John.

Dario Marianelli

“Mike has done it again, producing a very readable book, full of insights and tips, written in his usual clear and never dull style. I particularly love the notes in grey boxes: practical observations representing Mike’s distillation of several decades spent producing, composing, arranging, editing, mixing and performing music. How lucky we are that he has written this book for the rest of us!”

Dario Marianelli is one of the UK’s leading film composers with an Oscar to his credit for ‘Atonement’ and an Oscar nomination for ‘Pride & Prejudice’.


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